Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Tony nominations take 'Wicked' turn

The Associated Press

Wicked, a quirky and fantasy-filled musical about those folks who live along the Yellow Brick Road, picked up 10 Tony Award nominations Monday.

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Assassins, the controversial Stephen Sondheim musical, followed with seven and four shows tied with six nominations apiece: Caroline, or Change, Fiddler on the Roof, Avenue Q and the Lincoln Center revival of Henry IV.

Hugh Jackman, who will host the Tony ceremony June 6, was among the nominees for outstanding actor in a musical for his portrayal of Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. Kevin Kline and Christopher Plummer picked up nominations for best actor in a play.

Anna in the Tropics, last year's Pulitzer winner; Frozen, the chilling tale of a young girl's disappearance; I Am My Own Wife, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for drama; and The Retreat From Moscow, got nods for best play.

Besides Wicked, Avenue Q and Caroline, or Change, the other best musical nominee was The Boy From Oz.

Jackman will compete for top honors with Hunter Foster, Little Shop of Horrors; Alfred Molina, Fiddler on the Roof, Euan Morton, Taboo and John Tartaglia, who plays a puppeteer in Avenue Q.

Competing for best actress in a musical were Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel for Wicked, Donna Murphy for Wonderful Town, Tonya Pinkins for Caroline, or Change and Stephanie D'Abruzzo, who sings the part of a puppet in Avenue Q.

Kline and Plummer were nominated for their roles in Henry IV and King Lear, respectively. They face Simon Russell Beale, Jumpers;Frank Langella, Match; and Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife.

Nominated for best performance by an actress in a play were: Eileen Atkins, The Retreat From Moscow; Tovah Feldshuh, Golda's Balcony; Anne Heche, Twentieth Century; Swoosie Kurtz, Frozen and Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun.

Sean "P Diddy" Combs might have been passed over for an acting nomination for his work in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun, but the Lorraine Hansberry drama was nominated for its three actresses (Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald) and revival of a play.

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